Senior Citizen Nutrition Program Benefits
The Elderly Nutrition Program can be an important resource to a senior citizen in your family, or someone you may know.
As the title suggests, the program provides food assistance, but it also
provides many other forms of assistance to low income elderly individuals.
The main goal of the senior meals program is to provide nutritious meals for senior citizens who may be at risk of losing their independence.
The meals are served in either a congregate meal situation (a group setting), or the meals can be delivered to homebound participants.
Congregate meals provides not only nutritious food, it also provides a social setting in which senior citizens can connect with others.
The homebound component provides food to elderly people who may not be able to easily get out and about any longer because of health issues.
The staff members and volunteers who deliver the meals often spend time with the senior citizens to ease some of their feelings of loneliness.
Hot, nutritious meals are provided to participants in he program. Along with nutrition, senior citizens are also provided with counseling and health care screenings to address their overall well being.
For homebound participants, when delivering meals, volunteers also sit and talk with the participants as a social outlet.
The volunteers are also trained to look for and report any type of health problem or any other issue the participant may be experiencing.
Through the Elderly Nutrition Program, the participant can receive referrals to community resources like transportatinon assistance, home nursing care, sr physical activity programs and even home modification and housing repair resources.
Low income senior citizens over the age of 60 are eligible to apply for the program.
Seniors who are minorities and people who live in outer lying areas are given special attention due to greater risk of lack of economic resources.
Disabled persons who live in nursing homes with predominantly elderly people are also eligible for the program.
Also, people of any age or income level who volunteer to help distribute the food is eligible to participate in meals as well.
The volunteers are eligible, because of the work they perform, and because their presense helps to provide a social element for the seniors.
HOW TO GET HELP
The program is administrated by the United States Department of Health and Human Services,' Administration on Aging (AoA).
The AoA operates an Eldercare Locator for you to get hooked up to local resources in your community that provide elderly nutrition program benefits.
*The locator can also be used to find thousands of other programs that cater to low income senior citizens - put it on your favorites list and use it to help someone in need.